Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Grounded migrants & night barking

Škocjanski zatok NR: just a quick stop on the reserve produced very few birds; it was 11.35 am actually and bloody hot! The highlight being a Marsh Warbler delivering a part of its song in the thick of the hedges. Probably there were other Marshies among the many Reed Warblers. Nice passage of Tree Pipits overhead, with some White and Yellow Wagtails also present in variable numbers. +6 Whinchats on the grazing marsh along with 3 imm Northern Wheatears (above). In the bushes also 30 Tree Sparrows, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers and the usual Cetti's. From the second screening a single Greenshank.
The reserve staff has started to mow the overgrown reedbed areas in the freshwater marsh recently. Thus in the following weeks I'm expecting a bigger variety of birds in those areas. At least they will be visible and not hidden in the reeds!
Looking forward for an exciting autumn!

Local patch: yesterday evening between 23.00 and 23.30 I heard from home a ROE DEER "barking" three times. Followed by the barks of some local dogs. Quite interesting record; I've never heard a Roe Deer from home before. The deer was probably quite close to the upper road, behind my house in the patch of broadleaved woodland. Otherwise a very common mammal in the wider areas.